6:07pm

Thu May 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney, Boehner Message: It's Still The Economy (Not Gay Marriage), Stupid

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 6:51 pm

House Speaker John Boehner speaks Thursday at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill. Boehner spoke on a number of topics but would not comment on gay marriage when asked.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Let others get distracted by the news the day before that President Obama now personally supports gay marriage. Mitt Romney and Speaker John Boehner said Thursday they intended to stay on message and keep hitting the president in what they view as his Achilles heel — the economy.

Being that it's also the issue voters have in repeated polls said is most important to them, it was hard to argue with their decision.

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6:01pm

Thu May 10, 2012
U.S.

Cops To Stand Trial In Homeless Man's Beating Death

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 10:50 pm

Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos at the preliminary hearing in the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man. Ramos and fellow officer Jay Cicinelli will stand trial for Thomas' death.
Getty Images

Two police officers in the Southern California town of Fullerton have been ordered to stand trial for the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man.

Thomas died in July 2011 from injuries sustained during a violent arrest by six Fullerton officers.

The night of the arrest, Fullerton police officer Manual Ramos approached Thomas, then 37, while responding to a call that someone had been peering into cars at the town's bus depot.

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6:00pm

Thu May 10, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Mulch More Than You Think

Take an inventory of your home landscape.  Chances are each of those shrubs and trees you planted long ago fall into one of three categories: the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Now may be the time to clear them out, select hardy varieties that will be happy in your yard for many years to come.

5:49pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Research News

Why Was A Huge 'Rogue Earthquake' Not Destructive?

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 10:50 pm

Layers of earthquake-twisted ground are seen where the 14 freeway crosses the San Andreas Fault near Palmdale, Calif. The San Andreas Fault, like the kind that caused the huge earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, is a strike-slip fault, where the tectonic plates slide past each other.
David McNew Getty Images

They're calling it a "rogue earthquake."

On April 11 of this year, one of the 10 biggest earthquakes ever recorded struck off the coast of Indonesia. It was felt from Bangladesh to Australia.

You may not have even heard of this magnitude 8.6 quake. It barely made the news in the U.S. because it did very little damage. Two people died, but there was no massive tsunami.

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5:41pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida's Top University Official Asks FAMU To Keep Band Suspended

The fallout from the hazing scandal at Florida A&M University continued today: First there was news that after 40 years, the band director was stepping down and then there was news that Florida's top university official asked the university to keep the Marching 100 band off the field.

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5:22pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Money & Politics

Obama Lures Donors With A Hollywood Sweepstakes

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 10:50 pm

President Obama talks with actor George Clooney during a White House meeting about Sudan in 2010. The president is attending a fundraiser at Clooney's house Thursday, along with a few sweepstakes winners.
Pete Souza The White House

President Obama is attending a fundraiser at the home of actor George Clooney in Studio City, Calif., on Thursday evening, along with about 150 guests. Almost anyone can attend, if they pony up $40,000.

But for a few sweepstakes winners, the price of admission is about $3. It's the latest innovation in political fundraising.

Marketing-wise, there's nothing more old school than a sweepstakes.

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5:04pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Judge Dismisses DWI Charges That Forced Former FAA Administrator To Resign

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 5:35 pm

A judge has thrown out drunken driving charges against Jerome "Randy" Babbitt, a former Federal Aviation Administration chief.

If you remember, it was that arrest and that DWI charge that forced Babbitt to resign his position last December.

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4:52pm

Thu May 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Black Voters Likely To Stick With Obama Despite Gay Marriage Stance

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 5:45 pm

Dr. Patrick Wooden, senior pastor of the Upper Room Church of God In Christ and his wife, Pamela Wooden, celebrate early returns that show strong support for Amendment One during an election night party at the North Raleigh Hilton on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The Amendment would ban gay marriage in the state. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News
Robert Willett Raleigh News

By now, most news organizations and the Twitter world are debating whether President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage will turn off African-Americans — his most loyal supporters.

It's a legitimate question because blacks, compared with other groups that make up the Democratic political base, have been the most resistant to an expansion of gay rights.

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4:42pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Europe

Trying To Avoid Bailout, Spain Takes On Ailing Banks

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 10:50 pm

The Spanish government took a controlling stake in Bankia, the country's fourth-largest bank and largest real estate lender, on Wednesday.
Paul Hanna Reuters /Landov

Spain nationalized its largest real estate lender Wednesday night and plans to announce an overhaul of the country's entire banking system Friday.

The country is scrambling to prevent its troubled banks — weighed down by property debts — from sabotaging the whole economy. The Spanish government has only to look northward to Ireland to see what could happen if it fails.

Lessons From Ireland

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4:22pm

Thu May 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Agent Who Helped Thwart Underwear Bomb Plot Was British Citizen

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 4:52 pm

The undercover agent who helped thwart the latest underwear bomb plot was a British citizen, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston has learned.

"The undercover operation was being directed by British intelligence with help from other international intelligence agencies," Dina tells us. "The British had put some pressure on the Obama administration not to reveal their role in the secret mission."

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